Thrift opposition to the proposed merger between America's Community Bankers and the American Bankers Association is emerging.

In the Midwest, Heartland Community Bankers Association, a trade group representing 45 thrifts with $30 billion of assets, said it will not support the merger unless a list of tough demands are met, including a promise that the combined group will protect the mutual thrift charter, commercial ownership of thrifts, and the Office of Thrift Supervision.

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